After repeatedly denying that mass rapes occurred during violent political riots last May, the Indonesian government has finally acknowledged some of the rapes of ethnic Chinese there, but continues to deny that "mass and systematic" rapes occurred.
1,200 people were killed and 168 ethnic Chinese women alleged that they were raped during the riots, which began with the killing of student political protestors by the military and led to wide-spread looting and ethnic violence.
Last month, a government-convened panel of experts released a report, finding evidence that 66 women were raped. The government argued that this estimate was too high, and claimed that only 52 women were raped, that 24 were "sexually mistreated" and that another four were harassed. State Secretariat Minister Akbar announced that the Indonesian government will provide a counseling program for the rape victims and will grant financial compensation for "material loss" during the riots.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .